NEWS: as of April 2013, the Sam Graham Trio has been named one of the five best wedding bands in LA by CBS Los Angeles (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-wedding-bands-in-los-angeles/). We are proud and delighted to received this honor.
The Sam Graham Trio (Sam Graham, guitar-vocal; Ralf Balzer, drums; Jon Mohr, bass) was formed in 2002. Since then, the group has performed hundreds of gigs, from the hilltops of Los Angeles (The Getty Center) to the basements of New York (the Jazz Lounge at CBGB’s), from restaurants and bars to concerts, private parties, many weddings, and numerous other events. While the group draws on an extensive repertoire of vocal and instrumental jazz standards immortalized by Sinatra, Miles Davis, Nat "King" Cole, Wes Montgomery, and many more, they also explore their roots in pop and rock music with innovative adaptations of songs by the Beatles, Nirvana, Metallica, the Doors, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and others. All in all, it adds up to a singular style: Jazz for Moderns.
Note: We are also available as a duo, featuring guitar-vocal and bass, or guitar-vocal and piano! Sam also performs solo for many events.
What do our clients think of our services? There are several reviews of the Trio posted here at WeddingWire. To see many others, please click here!
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Anna · Married on 10/10/2015
We hired Sam Graham Trio to play live music at our wedding. They played 3 unique songs of our choice for our ceremony walk-in, walk-out, and first dance. Initially as a duo, and then adding drummer for reception. Great live covers of Jazz and other contemporary music. We are very happy with their performance at our wedding, thank you Sam!Sent on 11/08/2015
Erin · Married on 11/10/2013
Sam and his trio helped make our wedding an event we will remember and cherish with great joy! The band learned two very meaningful songs for us in completely different genres (Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" and Irving Berlin's "Always") and it was so much fun to hear them live at the wedding. The band was great at feeling out the crowd and playing the "right" next song to keep people up and dancing. The band's sound was great and much bigger than we imagined a trio could be. Our wedding guests kept commenting on how great the band was. The band was also very flexible and accommodating including staying later than we had originally asked them too for a very reasonable fee. I highly recommend Sam and his band for your next event!Sent on 11/16/2013
Jack · Married on 09/08/2013
Hiring Sam Graham Trio was probably one of my best decisions for my wedding in Sep 2013. They were absolutely professional, talented musicians who have lots of experience working at wedding ceremonies.Sent on 09/15/2013
Sam took his personal time on week day nights and weekends to go over my wedding time line with me, and understood my song requests and tailored his performance for my guests. He played Canon in D for the ceremony and "I want to hold your hand" for recessional. It was great. For the rest of the night, it was mostly Beatles and smooth jazz genre. Everyone loved the music and I didn't even have to rush my guest to dance floor!
Before the wedding I was debating between DJ music or live band. I am very glad that I hired Sam's band. Sam's music brings a special vibe to the wedding. The music was enjoyable but not over the top. The songs matched perfectly to the rustic theme of my wedding. Thank you Sam for making my wedding day an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend Sam Graham trio!
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